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The Islands of Hawaii
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Attractions and Things to See and Do
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Annual Events

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Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96815
From U.S. and Canada: 1-800-GoHawaii (1-800-464-2924)
Email: info@hvcb.org

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One of the best books I have ever used for traveling through the islands of Hawaii is Hidden Hawaii.  Check this book out as it is filled with wonderful information on the islands.  I am sure it will become one of your favorites.  I even recommend it for folks who live in Hawaii!

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A great way to get good travel information is to check with folks who know a lot about the area in which you plan to visit. I recommend that after you get the general information you are seeking about all of the islands of Hawaii, you check with Allexperts for specific information about the places you plan to visit. It is a great site!  Allexperts - Hawaii! Ask volunteer experts questions about travel and tourism, and attractions for free! Allexperts and Getting Away With Jim Bruner, working together to give you the best in reliable travel information.

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Climate and Weather Information
When it comes to the climate of Hawaii, the ancient Hawaiians distinguished between two seasons which the called kau (summer) and hooilo (winter) kau being from about May to October. About the only difference between the two is that the temperatures are slightly higher in the summer and the winter brings a few more variable winds and a bit cooler weather. However, anytime of the year is the perfect time to visit Hawaii!

You will see a few more showers during the winter season, particularly from December to March, but many of them last only a few minutes and will probably not destroy your day. However, as with anywhere, there are times when the weather will set in for several days and the streets will become awash. So, you may want to check ahead.

One of the best things about having bad weather in the islands is that, with the exception when there is one of those winter storms that seems to linger for days, you can normally just move a bit and get out of the rain as it seems the rain is normally pretty much located in a small area with rain showers moving in and out of an area. So if it is raining where you are - move. Try going somewhere else to find sunny weather! 

For additional climate information on the Hawaiian Islands, click on Climatologies and then click on the map to find Hawaii.

Driving Information - Getting To and Around

All of the islands are great for driving. If you want to visit them all my suggestion would be for you to make one island your "home away from home" with a hotel or resort you like. Then you can island-hop by flying out in the early morning to a different island, have a rental car waiting for you, spend the day exploring that island, and then return your rental car to the airport and fly back "home" for the night heading for a different island in the morning.. Another good way to do this is fly into Oahu for a couple of nights with a reservation there for the last night you plan to stay in Hawaii. Then make reservations for two or three of the other islands for one or two nights - say the big island of Hawaii for two nights, the island of Kauai for a night, and Maui for a couple of nights. Make all of your rental car and air travel arrangements and do your island hopping a little more leisurely.

You will find most of the major rental car agencies along with a lot of local car rental places on all of the islands. These agencies compete with each other in price and quality of service so you will want to shop around. Rates fluctuate with the season. Also, other than on the island of Lanai where one can sometimes come in handy (However, a car will do you just nicely there.), I would not recommend renting a jeep no matter what the ads seem to state. They are a lot more expensive and not nearly as comfortable as an automobile.

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State Parks and Recreation Areas
The islands are filled with state and local parks and recreation areas as well as some national parks. Your best bet is to check with the tourist bureau and your travel guidebooks for additional information. You will also find information on some of these parks on the individual island pages of Getting Away.

Hawaii Visitors Bureau
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 2360
San Francisco, CA 94104
1-800-353-5846 or 415-248-3808
http://www.gohawaii.com.


Annual Events
It would be impossible to list all of the annual events in the islands, but here is a short description of some of the major events. You can find out more if you check with the tourist bureau or a good guidebook.

Be sure to contact me if you have an event you would like to have added to this list. mailto:jimbruner@gettingaway.com

January
The Narcissus Festival is a month-long activity that begins with the Chinese New Year and a time you will find fun, food, and festivities in Honolulu's Chinatown.
On Maui you can enjoy dancing and music during the No Mele O Maui.
Surfers and sports enthusiasts will enjoy the annual Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic on Oahu's North Shore.

February
When there is snow (Yes, it does snow in Hawaii!) you can enjoy the Mauna Kea Ski Meet on the island of Hawaii. It is held on the 13,000 foot slopes of the volcano on the big island.
In Honolulu you can enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Sandcastle Building Contest at Kailau Beach in Oahu is always a lot of fun.

March
The Prince Kuhino Ironman Canoe Race is held each March on Kauai.
The Prince Kuhio Festival is held on both the islands of Oahu and Kauai.

April
The month-long Merrie Monarch Festival is held on the big island of Hawaii.

May
May is a great time to visit as Lei Day is celebrated on all of the islands with people wearing flower leis and colorful Hawaiian dress.

June
In Honolulu you can enjoy dance and music during the two-week Festival of the Pacific. During the festival you can enjoy the music and customs demonstrated by people from all of the islands as well as American Samoa, Guam, and New Zealand.
The 100-mile Around-the-Island Canoe Race is held in Oahu.
Maui features chamber music by internationally famous artists during the Kapalua Music Festival.
June 11 is a day of celebration on all of the islands as the people of Hawaii honor Hawaii's first king on Kamehameha Day with hula dances, races, parades, exhibits and displays, and lots of good food!

July
The Makawao Rodeo is held on Maui.
On Hawaii you can enjoy the Hilo Orchid Society Flower Show.
At Waikiki Beach in Kapiolani Park you can enjoy the music of hundreds of ukelele players as they gather for the annual Ukelele Festival.

August
Waikiki's Kapiolani Park is home to the Hula Festival on Sundays in August. August is also the month for the Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Festival.
Oahu is host for both the Wahine Bodyboard Championships and the Hawaii State Surfing Championships.

September
Hawaii is host to the Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Regatta.
The Hawaii County Fair is held in Hilo on the big island of Hawaii.
The Aloha Week Festival is a series of week-long celebrations on each island with parades, pageants, and lots of great food. Each island is featured during different weeks with the celebration ending at the Molokai-to-Oahu Canoe Race.

October
You can see thousands of orchids and other flowers and plants at the Orchid Society Show in Honolulu.
Maui celebrates with agricultural exhibits and arts and crafts during the Maui County Fair.
The Iron Man Triathlon is held on the big island of Hawaii.

November
The Kona Coffee Festival is held on the island of Hawaii.

December
Honolulu hosts the Honolulu Marathon.
The Hawaiian Pro Surfing Championships are held on Oahu.
The north shore of Oahu is host to the Pipeline Masters, the Men's World Cup, and the Women's World Cup.
The Blaisdell Center in Honolulu hosts the Festival of Trees.

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